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DIY- Armrest LED
Published by calvino
10-31-2006
DIY- Armrest LED

so I was driving today at night and the front center dome light burn off so I could not see anything
I open the armrest to get my bottle of water and sundendly I ask my self " why BMW did not put a ambient light here they have one even in the ashtray" so I went to Advance Auto parts nd got a set of 12V red LED's ( see pic) this LED's have some type of resitor inside the cable so they are plug and play to your car.

DIY difficulty (1-10) 2
time: less than 10 mins
total cost: $6.88

ohh before we start I could not find the pen for my tablet pc so I can't put notes on the pictures like I allways do

1) go to my DIY of the rear power outlet and follow the instructions on how to remove the rear console http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=29773

2) with a 3/16 drill head open a hole in the certer of the inside console make sure the drill go all the way (see picture)

3) insert the LED intro the hole

4) connect it to the the power cables in the back again check my other DIY http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=29773 in the kit that I got the white cable is for positive and the black is for negative

**if you did the rear power outlet DIY just open one of the quick connects and put the cable in and close it again.

** if not get 2 quick connects so you can attach the cable of the LED to the power cable of the car

since the LED will be connected to the outlets it will turn on if your outlets turn on (ACC position) or if your car is running and it will turn off went you turn the car off

it looks great expecially with a bottle of water :rocks: ( see all of the pics)

5) enjoy

BTW: I need to find that pen so I can do the Halo lights DIY tomorrow
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By ZuerstBMW on 10-31-2006, 08:24 PM
Pretty cool.
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By Zirenz2006 on 10-31-2006, 08:25 PM
Very cool!! Great idea!
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By just4kickz on 10-31-2006, 08:26 PM
hahaha sweet
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By CraigG on 10-31-2006, 08:29 PM
What on earth is the point of that?!
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By shragon on 10-31-2006, 08:30 PM
hahaha pretty cool idea!
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By calvino on 10-31-2006, 08:33 PM
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Originally Posted by CraigG
What on earth is the point of that?!
add light to the armrest , the same as what on earth is the point of of having little ambient lights all over the car or a keyfob with a start botton instead of a regular key?
because it look sweat :rocks:
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By StewtheBassman on 10-31-2006, 09:29 PM
Calvino, do you ever sleep???? Or are you always dreaming up new DIYs????? Dude you're going into the DIY Hall of Fame soon!!


Another sticky for Cal!
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By John on 10-31-2006, 09:35 PM
not a bad idea bro. i like it
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By tiga901 on 10-31-2006, 09:37 PM
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Originally Posted by StewtheBassman
Calvino, do you ever sleep???? Or are you always dreaming up new DIYs????? Dude you're going into the DIY Hall of Fame soon!!


Another sticky for Cal!
Cal...you are good!!!

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By E91 Dude on 10-31-2006, 09:53 PM
Nice job Cal! (Off topic, but did you just come back from the gym when you threw together the DIY?)
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By calvino on 10-31-2006, 09:53 PM
Stew I'm a Vampire I don't sleep at night I go to sleep really late almost everyday, I don't know why I think I have delayed sleep phase syndrome

yea I always thinking about new DIY maybe is because I havent found another GF yet

howevever tomorrow is a big one but you will have to wait to see.
is a surprise
just one clue: it have to do with the angel lights
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By calvino on 10-31-2006, 09:54 PM
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Originally Posted by E91 Dude
Nice job Cal! (Off topic, but did you just come back from the gym when you threw together the DIY?)
yeap how could you tell???
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By StewtheBassman on 10-31-2006, 10:01 PM
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Originally Posted by calvino
Stew I'm a Vampire I don't sleep at night I go to sleep really late almost everyday, I don't know why I think I have delayed sleep phase syndrome

yea I always thinking about new DIY maybe is because I havent found another GF yet

howevever tomorrow is a big one but you will have to wait to see.
is a surprise
just one clue: it have to do with the angel lights
Some girl who is Car Crazy AND straight will just find you dude, and you'll be the happiest guy alive! She'll prolly be Canadian!:rocks:
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By Zirenz2006 on 10-31-2006, 10:08 PM
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Originally Posted by calvino
Stew I'm a Vampire I don't sleep at night I go to sleep really late almost everyday, I don't know why I think I have delayed sleep phase syndrome

yea I always thinking about new DIY maybe is because I havent found another GF yet

howevever tomorrow is a big one but you will have to wait to see.
is a surprise
just one clue: it have to do with the angel lights
Can't wait for tomorrow!
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By calvino on 10-31-2006, 10:12 PM
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Originally Posted by StewtheBassman
Some girl who is Car Crazy AND straight will just find you dude, and you'll be the happiest guy alive! She'll prolly be Canadian!:rocks:
that will be great!! a girl that like and knows about cars Canadians girls knows about cars??? I think I will have to take my next semester on Canada

ohh guys guess what!! I just found my tablet pc pen it was under the passager seat it fell off went I put the computer on the floor.
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By DILLIGAF on 10-31-2006, 10:13 PM
Great DIY again....keep 'em coming
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By Driv3r on 10-31-2006, 11:37 PM
REally calvino...your passing longtran as DIY master.... im definatly going to try this but i need to get that rear AC outlest DIY also..
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By rlc on 11-01-2006, 03:06 AM
Is there any visible light bleeding through the gaps when the armrest is closed?
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By cm3rc on 11-01-2006, 04:03 AM
looks priitty cool. yet pointless. nice DIY btw..
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By KL2DC on 11-01-2006, 09:02 AM
Pretty cool mod I guess you can do another LED on the opposite end to make it real bright

What no illustrations/notes on the DIY pics...hurry and find your tablet pc pen
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By StewtheBassman on 11-01-2006, 10:29 AM
Wouldn't it be more uniform to do the mod with the BMW Amber lighting? Could that be done?
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